Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 - 20:14
Cape Town is in the unenviable situation of being the first major city in the modern era to face the threat of running out of drinking water. However, the plight of the drought-hit South African city is just one extreme example of a problem that experts have long been warning about - water scarcity. Despite covering about 70% of the Earth's surface, water, especially drinking water, is not as... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 - 19:51
Migration, especially forced migration, is one of the defining phenomena of the 21st century. Millions of people across the global have fled armed conflicts, persecutions, natural disasters, and/or economic hardships in recent years. Whether they crossed national borders or stayed within the geographic limits of the country in which they originally resided, their ultimate movement has mostly been... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 - 19:45
Economist Glaeser’s edX course examines benefits, potential risks of increased urbanization After three decades studying cities, Harvard economist believes the worldwide spread of urbanization offers significant opportunities to elevate the human condition. But in “CitiesX: The Past, Present and Future of Urban Life,” a HarvardX course that begins on Thursday, he warns that we need creative... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 - 19:39
Rapid urbanization is not only a phenomenon experienced by mega-cities, but smaller cities too, with the fastest growing urban agglomerations being cities with less than 1 million inhabitants. With rapid population growth and increasing water scarcity, cities need to decouple population growth from water consumption to ensure urban water security. The City of Guelph is one of the fastest growing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 - 19:08
UN Climate Change News, 15 February 2018 –  The 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur concluded this week with a call to use the new urban agenda as an accelerator to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and support climate action. According to the UN, the world’s urban population is expected to grow by 2.5 billion by 2050, with over 90 per cent of this growth to take place in Africa, Asia,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 - 19:06
Forced displacement is increasingly an urban crisis that needs an integrated humanitarian and development approach in cities, according to a new World Bank report released at the World Urban Forum. “The reported numbers of refugees usually refer to those registered by UNHCR,” Axel Baeumler, Senior Infrastructure Economist at the World Bank and co-author of the report told Cities Today. “However... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 - 19:04
Urban concentration is typically deemed to lead to greater national economic growth. This column challenges this view, using an original dataset covering 68 countries over the past three decades. Urban concentration levels have decreased or remained stable on average, though these averages hide widely diverging trends across countries. Although concentration has been beneficial for high-income... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 15:45
The members of the International Network for the Analysis of Intergenerational Relations (Generationes) proudly present the most recent issue of the jointly produced compendium "Generations, Intergenerational Relations and Generational Policy".   This new version includes 17 languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Hungarian, Turkish, Romanian, Lithuanian... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 15:43
This volume-"Selected Contemporary Challenges of Aging Policy"-is the most international of all published monographs from the series "Czech-Polish-Slovak Studies in Andragogy and Social Gerontology." Among the scholars trying to grasp the nuances and trends of social policy, there are diverse perspectives, resulting not only from the extensive knowledge of the authors on the systematic approach... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 15:41
A publication called Aging in the Social Space is a compilation of studies, which deal with theoretical understanding and empirical solutions, learning about problem spheres, specifying content parallels of social, legal, economic, moral and ethical views on senior issues in society, which are closely related to each other and are interconnected. This publication focus on the case study of Poland... Read more

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